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Industry Steps Up to Support USA Shooting Team with Auction

Backed by strong industry

support, the USA Shooting Team launched 15 months’ worth of gun auctions to help support programs and training for the world’s best sharpshooters. More than 10 gun man-

ufacturers thus far have come forth to donate guns for all types of shooting en- thusiasts. Each gun is be- ing specially engraved by long-time team supporter Baron Engraving and will be auctioned off by GunBroker. com, the offi cial auction site of the USA Shooting Team. The fi rst gun to be auc-

tioned was the XR9 from Boberg Arms Corporation (pictured) with its patented reverse feed technology. “This is a great cause for

a terrifi c team, and we are glad to participate in sup- porting them in their pursuit of the gold medal,” said Mel- ody Boberg. The inaugural auction in

this program was very suc- cessful, bringing in close to $1,800 to support the team and a great deal of attention to the positive relationship

between Boberg Arms and USA Shooting. “The fi rearms indus-

try has traditionally rallied around the USA Shooting Team,” said Rob Weekes, USA Shooting’s Chief Mar- keting Offi cer. “That luxury is realized once again with a gun auction featuring some of the leading gun manufac- turers in the business. Their support, as well those ea- ger to bid on these custom fi rearms, will give our team the fi repower it needs in pursuing greatness. Special thanks to Baron Engraving and for their help and support in making it happen.” Other gun manufacturers

who have stepped up again in support of the USA Shoot- ing Team include North American Arms, Walther, Winchester, Browning, Bond Derringer, Sig Sauer and Mossberg. For more information

on the gun auction, please check out www.gunbroker. com or contact USA Shoot- ing’s Sara Daum at (719) 866-4883.

Athletes’ Endowment Grants Available

The USA Shooting Athletes’ Endowment has reached the threshold for awarding grants for the 2015 training and competition year. In this fi rst year of grants, the award pool will be $26,994. Application criteria are as follows: • Members of the National Team, Development Team or National Junior Team (past or pres- ent) are not eligible for Endowment grants;

• Members of the Junior Olympic Squad (Rifl e, Pistol, Shotgun) may apply for grants;

• USA Shooting membership is required at the time of application;

• Applicants must have a current USA Shooting event classifi cation;

• Demonstrated potential in both skill and com- mitment are required;

• A grant application must be received at USA Shooting no later than June 1, 2015. Applications can be mailed, faxed, or scanned and

emailed to: USA Shooting, Attn: Endowment Grant Committee, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909; email or fax 719- 866-4687.

Grant funds may be used for travel, ammunition,

targets, and/or fees. Payments will be made for eli- gible expenses on a reimbursement by receipt basis. Grant applications are available on the USA

Shooting website at mentgrant. Questions can be addressed to any of the National Coaches.

Our sincere appreciation is extended to the Bunker Club for making this grant program possible.

Memorial Donations

USA Shooting would like to recognize the generous gift bequeathed by Ms. Donetta Nygord. Her legacy will help to ensure the proud tradition of Olympic shooting in the United States, and we are sincerely thankful for her gift.

Thanks also go to Susan Deal for her generous gift in memory of Don Deal. 10 USA Shooting News | May 2015

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